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We have taken this cruise every year for the past 6 years, as it is so convenient for MA residents, and we love Bermuda. The entertainment itself was fine the first time we took the cruise, and the quality of the entertainment is good, just stale. Unfortunately, NCL focuses on recruiting new people to the cruise, rather than offering something new to return travelers. The entertainment is the same every single year! And while the ship recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, it was mostly cosmetic. The Dawn is still the Dawn, a nice mid-size ship. It does seem however, like this ship is a training boat for new employees, before they move on to bigger and better assignments on ships out of Florida or New York. The food was good and there were many dietary options. I do wish they would offer homemade salad dressing to go with salads in the Garden Cafe, rather than the same bottled brand I can buy at home. We had breakfast in the Garden Cafe every day and were satisfied with what was offered. They used to have a poolside barbecue which was not offered this past cruise. We bought a meal plan for dinners and ate in the specialty restaurants. Cagney's is the best! The rib eye is consistently delicious, though the Dawn does not offer the tomahawk chop, which is offered on other ships.One of the things we enjoy most is the help yourself soft-serve ice cream dispensers, though they seem to have done away with the "swirl" option. We will most likely take this cruise again, mostly for the convenience, value and destination.

Convenient cruise vacation out of Boston..no flights required

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by lmcantbewrong

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
We have taken this cruise every year for the past 6 years, as it is so convenient for MA residents, and we love Bermuda. The entertainment itself was fine the first time we took the cruise, and the quality of the entertainment is good, just stale. Unfortunately, NCL focuses on recruiting new people to the cruise, rather than offering something new to return travelers. The entertainment is the same every single year! And while the ship recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, it was mostly cosmetic. The Dawn is still the Dawn, a nice mid-size ship. It does seem however, like this ship is a training boat for new employees, before they move on to bigger and better assignments on ships out of Florida or New York. The food was good and there were many dietary options. I do wish they would offer homemade salad dressing to go with salads in the Garden Cafe, rather than the same bottled brand I can buy at home. We had breakfast in the Garden Cafe every day and were satisfied with what was offered. They used to have a poolside barbecue which was not offered this past cruise. We bought a meal plan for dinners and ate in the specialty restaurants. Cagney's is the best! The rib eye is consistently delicious, though the Dawn does not offer the tomahawk chop, which is offered on other ships.One of the things we enjoy most is the help yourself soft-serve ice cream dispensers, though they seem to have done away with the "swirl" option. We will most likely take this cruise again, mostly for the convenience, value and destination.
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Cabin Review

Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OA 8006
The cabin itself was fine, comfortable bed, lots of storage, large picture window, decent sized bathroom. The location however, was terrible. The Stardust Theater, where they hold nightly entertainment, was just below us. You could hear the performers rehearsing all hours of the day. Also, the outdoor deck below is a smoking deck, so the smoke wafted up into the cabin. The deck below is where lifeboats are stored, which creates a tunnel-effect that magnifies peoples voices.During the day this would not be an issue, but in the wee hours of the morning it sounds like someone is blowing through a bullhorn. This was by far, the worst room we have ever had, on NCL or any other line.
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